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Wednesday, 13th December 2017

Coffee morning for Samaritans

Coffee Morning - A Sunday of music with Bealtaine Library Choir Waterford in aid of Waterford and South East Samaritans will take place in The Granary, Hanover Street, Waterford on Sunday 17th December at 12 pm. There will be a raffle on the day with great prizes to be won. Price €5 includes refreshments. All proceeds will go to Waterford Samaritans to help raise awareness of the service they provide to the Community. Waterford and South East Samaritans Freephone 116 123.

Carbally Community Development Project Christmas Events 2017

The Carbally Community Development Project has a number of activities that are ongoing between now and Christmas.

The Ballymacaw Baby & Toddler Group; Come along to our baby and toddler group running every Monday during term time. Meet up for some adult conversation while the little ones play. Fun and games for

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Wednesday, 13th December 2017

Christmas Bonus


I am getting a social welfare payment. Will I get a Christmas Bonus this year?


The Christmas Bonus is paid to people getting a long-term social welfare payment. Long-term social welfare payments include the following:

- State Pensions and Widow’s/Widower’s/Surviving Civil Partner’s Pensions

- Invalidity Pension, Blind Pension, Disability Allowance, Carer’s Allowance, Carer’s Benefit, Domiciliary Care Allowance and Guardian’s Payments

- Jobseeker’s Transitional payment, One-Parent Family Payment, Farm Assist, Deserted Wife’s Benefit and Allowance

- Community Employment, Rural Social Scheme, Tús, Gateway, Back to Work Enterprise Allowance and Job Initiative

- Back to Education Allowance (BTEA), VTOS and Further Education and Training (FET) training allowance (people coming from jobseeker's payments must have been on their payment and/or BTEA or VTOS or FET training allowance for 15 months)

For Jobseeker’s Allowance (JA) or Basic Supplementary Welfare Allowance (BSWA), you must be getting the payment for 15 months

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Wednesday, 13th December 2017

By Bill Sones and Rich Sones, PhD

Q. Can you recount a few of the historic numbers from the story of "Sputnik at 60”?

A. Sixty years ago, on October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite, "a sphere 58 centimeters in diameter weighing almost 84 kilograms and sprouting four rodlike aerials,” says Vaclav Smil in "IEEE Spectrum” magazine. "Although its three silver-zinc batteries made up some 60% of the total mass, they rated only 1 watt, good enough to broadcast rapid shrill beeps at 20.007 and 40.002 megahertz for three weeks. The satellite circled the planet 1,440 times before plunging to a fiery death on January 4, 1958.”

Deeply embarrassed, the U.S. hastily launched its own Vanguard TV3 rocket in December, only to have it blow up just two seconds after liftoff. Yet it soon became clear

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Wednesday, 13th December 2017

Waterford business Wigworld was the proud recipient of Hi’s Inspirational Award at the Hi Style Awards in Cork and the Judge’s Highly Commended Recognition Award in the Enhancement Specialist of the Year category at the recent Irish Beauty Industry Awards held in Dublin.

Wigworld, which is owned and run by Joyce O’ Carroll, specialises in wigs and hair pieces for people with medical related hair loss due to chemotherapy, radiotherapy, alopecia, trichotillomania and thinning hair.

A hairdresser by profession and a sufferer of natural hair loss through alopecia, Joyce established Wigworld in 2011. In her quest to find high-quality, natural wigs Joyce recognised that there was very little choice available to those who were going through hair loss.

"It was then I became conscious of the very limited options available to those who needed a natural looking custom-made wig, not only in Waterford,

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Wednesday, 13th December 2017

Waterford Today weekly horoscopes

Wednesday 13th December - Tuesday 19th December

Aries 21st March-21st April

With Mercury retrograde in Sagittarius, the chances of both travel plans and communications going awry right now is high. Pay extra special attention to your car, if you haven’t had it serviced or know your tyres are past their best, don’t take any chances until you get it back in tip-top condition. Watch your words, slow down and think before you speak, lest you talk yourself right into a tight spot that no words will talk you out of.

Taurus 22nd April-21st May

Mercury retrograde could play havoc with your perception of events and crossed wires are the order of the day. There’s a very good chance of getting the wrong end of the stick when it comes to someone you’re close to, so hold back on any accusations of

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Wednesday, 13th December 2017

With Breda Gardner Homeopath, lcph, mcos, rgn

Health Therapies Clinic

13 Gladstone Street, Waterford.

Tel: 087 2025753.

Insight Natural Health Clinic

15 Upper Patrick St, Kilkenny

Tel: 056 7724429

Get to know your energy

Last September, I was privileged and honoured to be asked to give talks around Ireland with the AILG (Association of Irish Local Government).

The theme of the talks was to advise county councillors as to how to alleviate anxiety and stress in their lives.

Before I could talk about the nuts and bolts of how to stay well, I first had to explain how our energy works. I was a bit dubious and a little apprehensive about how the councillors would receive this information. I wasn’t sure that they would believe or understand what I was saying, so I made sure I used lots of real life stories and examples to illustrate my points. I know

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Wednesday, 13th December 2017

From canapés to cocktails, our favourite festive treats and tipples are a cavity waiting to happen. Dr Victor of reveals the culprits and offers some simple swaps:


Cool it on the canapés this Christmas if you are looking after your teeth: Starchy cream crackers stick to the teeth and lodge between the gums, treating bacteria to a festive feast. This bacteria produces acid that erodes enamel, causing decay. Crackers can also dry the mouth of the saliva that helps to wash away plaque. Look for wholegrain crackers instead or snack on vegetable crudités.

Looking forward to your Christmas dinner? Set aside the grapefruit starter this year and your teeth will thank you for it. The high acid content in citrus fruits like grapefruits, lemons

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Wednesday, 13th December 2017

Waterford’s pet owners are spending up to €120 on Christmas presents for their pets with the top selling presents including Christmas dog jumpers, yuletide scented cat litter, cat caves and cat scratching trees, according to pet retailer Maxi Zoo.

Maxi Zoo has announced this year’s list of the Top 10 selling Christmas presents for pets based on the spending patterns of pet owners who have visited the store at Butlerstown Retail Park over the past fortnight.

"Ireland’s dog and cat owners are really spoiling their pets this Christmas. The Top 10 selling presents range in price from €10 to €120 with the average spend being somewhere around €35,” said Darren Spoonley, Head of Sales and Marketing at Maxi Zoo Ireland.

"Cats are the real winners this Christmas. Our cat caves and cat scratching trees are flying off the shelves and our Christmas scented

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Wednesday, 13th December 2017

Community-based angling conservation projects Sean Kyne TD, Minister with responsibility for the Inland Fisheries Sector today welcomed the award of funding, to the value of €2.2m, by Inland Fisheries Ireland to 115 angling development and conservation initiatives as part of its National Strategy for Angling Development, Salmon Conservation Fund and Midlands Fisheries Fund.

Two projects in Waterford have been awarded funding.

- Knockaderry Reservoir, Kilmeaden, Co Waterford - Replacement of angling boats - Waterford City and County Trout Anglers Association (?9,850)

- River Blackwater, Salterbridge, Cappoquin, Co Waterford - Repair and improve access to stream deflector - Cappoquin Salmon and Trout Anglers Association (?27,236).

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Wednesday, 13th December 2017

Bausch + Lomb Waterford has been named overall winner of the 2017 Medtech Excellence Awards which recognise achievement and reward performance in the medical technology sector in Ireland. The awards are organized by the Irish Medtech Association, in conjunction with Enterprise Ireland, and IDA Ireland and over 450 medtech companies operating in Ireland are eligible. Bausch + Lomb beat finalist Abbott Diagnostics and Teleflex to take the top spot.

After the presentation of the award in Galway, Mark Hennessy, site lead at Bausch + Lomb Waterford, said: "This prestigious award is the culmination of what has been a truly remarkable year in the 37-year history of manufacturing in Waterford. We completed a $200 million-plus investment project to support the manufacturing of our highly successful new daily disposable contact lens, Biotrue® ONEday, which was developed and brought to market from Waterford.

"As a

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Letters to the Editor


    Perfidious AlbionThe recent statement by the UK’s Brexit Minister responsible for their leaving the European Union David Davis really threw a spanner in the political works last week. His remark that the joint text agreed between the UK and the EU concerning a soft Brexit for Ireland was more a statement of intent rather than the legal enforceable international agreement between both parties caused consternation in Europe and Ireland.Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney was quick to …

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